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    Member Neptune's Avatar
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    What the heck is this lil thing on the glass?

    Any ideas what this is? It's been there since I believe I put the live rock in...







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    congradulations, you have aptasia

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    aptasia

    what you got stuck to your glass,my fellow refer
    is none other than aptasia.......
    either you ger rid of what small amount you might have
    or be prepared to see way more.
    joe juice or peppermint shrimps will do the trick.

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    Aptasia...sounds like a bad disease...
    Guess I should read up on it to see what it is and how to get rid of it..

    Will a cleaner shrimp do the job? (donno what a peppermint shrimp or joe juice are :sulk:

    Thx
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    Read up on the peppermint shrimp...tell me what you guys think of this and if it makes any sense..Joe's juice or concentrated lemon juice seems to be good alternative..I think.

    Question: How did I get it in the 1st place and how can I prevent it? Thx

    Peppermint shrimp are very interesting to watch, but adding them to a reef tank is, in my opinion not a good idea. Shrimp in the Lysmata family have a well documented history of nipping, eating, or harassing desirable reef invertebrates. When food is scarce (or maybe not) corals and clams become "temporary" favorites to nip, eat, and harass. Recently these shrimp have become popular because they eat Aiptasia. The addition of these shrimp to the reef tank for the purpose of eating Aiptasia is ill advised in my opinion. We as good aquarists cannot expect these shrimp to eat just one type of cnidarian (the Aiptasia) while leaving other cnidarians (corals like the Xeniids) alone. Nature just does not work that way. More importantly, if you have problems with Aiptasia and use this shrimp to eat these nasty anemones, you are not addressing the problem (water flow and/or excess nutrients) which are allowing for the Aiptasia bloom in the first place. Instead, you are treating the symptoms by introducing this borderline reef safe invertebrate. I would recommend this shrimp for a fish only with live rock display, as they are really good cleaners, and can be very active in a non aggressive tank. From a reefer since the mid 80ís, back when they said keeping a reef system was impossible for the average aquarist.
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    Where did you get it....... well you did use my water right? ermmm I prolly gave it to you sorry. :crap:

    Now you just have one on the glass, try to suck the sucker out with a hose but make sure you get all the pieces cause they multiply from a very tiny piece left over. Or you could use some boilling vinegar injected into it.

    I personnally dont like pepermint shrimps... they often go after other things than aptaisias, mine started eating my zoas, she seemed to like that better than my aptaisias... little bugger.
    Carol
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    It has nothing to do with how you got it!
    but what you can now do?...Most people will get aptasia
    at one time or another,at times live rock from LFS or vendors
    will have it......this are types of ghost specimens which are hard to detect
    till placed in the tanks.
    But this not the end of your hobby......I have aptasia next to some of my
    polips and zoos with no problems........I think this type of specimen
    is more of a nuisance rather than a problem....
    IMO.........
    If they really bother you ask some members here at the club on some other friendly solutions.
    :speedbana

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    Thats what happens when you use second hand water

    lol
    675 Gallon Aquarium in the works

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    You guys gotta pay for that!!!!! Hmmm what to take as payment....I wonder... :evil4:
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    LOL...
    Say hello to your little friend Mr. Aiptasia.
    As mentioned, peppermint shrimp aren't the best. I've tried and never had any luck with them. The very best luck I had was with a Copperband butterfly. However your tank is way to young and small for one of those, and they are a more advanced fish in terms of husbandry. Many refuse to eat any prepared foods, and even when they do eat prepared foods, many still often whither away slowly and don't get passed the 4 month mark.

    In the absence of Joe's Juice, You could try using a syringe with hot vinegar. But in both cases this just causes the targetted aiptasia to break up into tinier pieces, resulting in many more of them.

    There is a nudibranch (a type of sea-slug) that eats only aiptasia. But they are rare, expensive, and die after there is no more of them in your tank.
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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